Official Journal of the European Union

C 374/2

Judgment of the Court (Fourth Chamber) of 7 September 2017 — French Republic v Carl Schlyter, European Commission, Republic of Finland, Kingdom of Sweden

(Case C-331/15 P) (1)

((Appeal - Right of public access to documents of the EU institutions - Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 - Article 4(2), third indent - Exceptions to the right of access to documents - Protection of the purpose of investigations - Directive 98/34/EC - Articles 8 and 9 - Detailed opinion of the European Commission concerning a draft technical regulation - Refusal to grant access))

(2017/C 374/03)

Language of the case: English


Appellant: French Republic (represented by: D. Colas, G. de Bergues, B. Fodda and F. Fize, acting as Agents)

Intervener in support of the appellant: Czech Republic (represented by: M. Smolek, T. Müller, J. Vláčil and D. Hadroušek, acting as Agents)

Other parties to the proceedings: Carl Schlyter (represented by: S. Schubert, Rechtsanwalt and O.W. Brouwer, advocaat), European Commission (represented by: J. Baquero Cruz, A. Tokár and F. Clotuche-Duvieusart, acting as Agents), Republic of Finland (represented by: S. Hartikainen, acting as Agent), Kingdom of Sweden (represented by: C. Meyer-Seitz, N. Otte Widgren, U. Persson, A. Falk, E. Karlsson and L. Swedenborg, acting as Agents)

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:


Dismisses the appeal;


Orders the French Republic, Mr Carl Schlyter and the Commission to bear their own costs;


Orders the Czech Republic to bear its own costs;


Orders the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to bear their own costs.

(1)  OJ C 311, 21.9.2015.